The dude abides. A hat cocked at a rakish angle, a jacket and tie; were the only way to walk out your front door for past generations. My dad (B.1899-D.1971) wore a suit, albeit an old one, to mow the lawn. Commenters to your blog regularly complement the more elegantly dressed; are they indicators of a return to a more formal fashion sensibility?
Pretty sure this was snapped very close to the time of the war. Londan endured nightly bombings. All of Europe was in great distress. Fabric, socks, shoes, hats in and of theirselves were scarce luxuries, as all went to the war effort. So to dress with such great panache with what was at hand involved enormous inventive style. Your uncle does you proud, from the jaunty slant of his hat, the casual placement of the scarf, to his rolled up pants and rolled down socks. And that rakish smile. Just Wonderful!
Remember that trend you were tracking last year with the rolled formal or dressy trouser? Has EVERYTHING been done? Just saw the Bill Cunningham documentary & enjoyed it immensely! I love how he used to call designers on their efforts to conceal appropriated looks on the runway!
This may be my favorite photo ever on this blog. I am seriously in love with dotted scarf and would really love to know its color. I'm guessing a faded red. The park-like setting is also poetic and evocative. Just delightful!
Ah….and notice the length of his coat sleeves :) The thought I had immediately upon seeing this shot is, how wonderful the relationship between the photographer and your uncle, because this picture is so natural and expressive. I absolutely love the glimpse of ankles! Thank you for sharing this photo. It's obvious talent runs in the family.
I love men with rolled trowsers! They look funny and elegant simply beccasse they don't seam to' care much Tuoni of when a very elegant men riding a bike with botto part of tessere rolled up. Just tornelle and elegant in furor simplicity. But pelasse…no short socks, betel nothing!!